The LifeSpan R5i Recumbent Bike is an excellent combination of comfort and durability, with the quality to support home and commercial use. The R5i lets you power through your workouts in complete comfort with the oversized molded seat bottom, ventilated seat back, and extra lumbar support.
The LIfeSpan R5i Recumbent Bike offers 16 levels of resistance with 40 workout options along with Bluetooth connectivity. The provision of a magnetic current resistance system helps in having the smooth and quiet operation of the recumbent bike.
The R5i has a Multi-color LCD with simultaneous readouts. The console readouts include the program name, date and time, workout time, calories, RPM, distance, heart rate, speed, resistance level, and watts. The unit can monitor your heart rate if you hold onto the EKG sensors incorporated into the armrests. Furthermore, it’s also telemetrically enabled. However, an HR chest strap is not included and is purchased separately.
Plus, this self-generating exercise bike produces its power, making it both green and convenient. So you can quickly move the bike around without concerns of wiring or locating it near a power outlet. Start moving toward a healthier you with the R5i stationary exercise bike from LifeSpan.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: LifeSpan R5i Recumbent Bike
Warranty: Residential: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Labor 2 years (see commercial warranty below)
My rating: 9.25/10
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R5i Frame construction
Since the LifeSpan R5i is a commercial grade recumbent bike, it features an extremely sturdy frame construction. It is built around a steel frame and has quite an impressive weight capacity of 400 lbs (181.4 kg). The whole bike is also considerably heavy, which is a plus as this weight enhances its overall stability.
On top of that, it has more full bases than other bikes, and comes with adjustable, rubberized stabilizers, giving you the possibility to level it flawlessly on any flooring.
The fully assembled bike weighs 146 lbs (66.2 kg). However, its transport shouldn’t be too difficult because its front base bar features a set of transport wheels. By lifting it from its rear base and using the wheels, you will handle half of its total weight when relocating it.
The frame has a step-thru design, an aspect that can be quite a plus for users with disabilities as it facilitates the user’s positioning onto the seat. Also, the console mast is conveniently curved towards the rear, eliminating the postural awkwardness when exercising while holding onto the front handlebars.
Most of the metallic bars within the frame construction feature corrosion and scratch-resistant powder coating, black. The seat adjustment rail has a chrome finish, though.
Compared to other recumbent bikes, the LifeSpan R5i is relatively large. It is 70″ (178 cm) long, and 27.5″ (70 cm) wide, while the top of the console reaches a height of 44.5″ (113 cm) above floor level.
It’s also recommended to keep at least two feet of clearance all around it for safe and unhindered operation. Therefore, the bike may not fit very well in a small room.
Seat and handlebars
The LifeSpan R5i recumbent exercise bike excels in micro-adjustability. The seat can be locked into a position closer or farther to the pedals. It offers an adjustment span of 14″ (35.5 cm) which means that it can accommodate users comfortably up to 6’5″ (195 cm), promoting a complete leg extension.
The R5i comes with an adjustable backrest to allow for proper ergonomic positioning and with added chair-style armrests to support your arms. Thus, eliminating any stress on the neck and shoulders.
Plus, the office-chair-style armrests and adjustable backrest are perfect if you experience low-back pain. No matter your size or sitting preferences, the R5i can be adjusted to your ideal fit.
The seat itself is relatively large; it’s 18″ (46 cm) wide and 11″ (28 cm) long. It features a generous layer of foam padding and has a contoured shape to adapt perfectly to the user. The backrest is made of heavy-duty PVC material and has a vented structure.
Therefore, promoting healthy blood flow during exercising and reducing overheating. Also, the seat mounts on a metallic frame, which enhances its sturdiness. The seat with its backrest has a maximum user capacity of up to 400 lbs (181.4 kg).
This LifeSpan recumbent bike features two sets of handlebars, one attached to the frame of the seat, the other to the console mast. The seat handlebars are similar to the armrests of an office chair. They also integrate metallic pulse sensors.
The front handlebar is “U” shaped and entirely covered by a sheet of rubber foam material for a secure and comfortable grip. None of the handlebars are adjustable. However, the armrest will move along the rail with the seat when you adjust its position.
R5i Drive and resistance
This LifeSpan exercise bike features a belt drive system, using a heavy-duty, endurance tested v-belt. Since it’s not a chain, it doesn’t require any lubrication; also, it considerably more quiet than a chain drive.
The crankset is a commercial-grade 3-piece part, using solid steel crank arms. They come with large, self-leveling pedals with adjustable straps. The pedals have standard threads, so in case you want to replace them, other compatible models are mostly available.
The flywheel is relatively large for a recumbent bike; it weighs 18 lbs (8.1 kg), being perimeter-weighted, which means it can generate a steady, smooth, and consistent momentum. Considering that the bike uses a belt, not a chain, the pedaling motion is almost silent.
Thus, if space is not an issue, the bike can be an excellent choice for apartment use. You can be sure that its operation won’t bother the neighbors, nor other members of the family.
The LifeSpan R3i recumbent bike features an eddy current resistance system. It uses a motor-assisted brake, which means you have to connect it to a power source to operate the console, and the resistance can is only adjustable from the console.
This recumbent exercise bike makes available 16 resistance levels. The 1-3 levels of resistance allow you to undertake relatively light workouts, perfect for users who require recovery training. Conversely, the 14-16 difficulty settings promote high-intensity exercises, great for pushing your heart rate to the limits if you want, and to obtain a superior calorie burn.
The console unit of the LifeSpan R5i recumbent exercise bike has an Intelli-Key feature. It prompts you through the console functions by using intelligent lights on the buttons, which automatically flash when they require pressing. It has a large, multi-color LCD with an LED backlight.
The display covers the following workout metrics: speed, distance, time, RPM, calories, pulse. The distance can be in either miles or kilometers, and speed is in either MPH and km/h.
The unit can monitor your heart rate if you hold onto the EKG sensors incorporated into the armrests. Furthermore, it’s also telemetric and can read pulse wirelessly via an HR chest strap transmitter — however, this accessory (is not included).
The console unit is easy to operate. It features Start/Stop buttons for pausing and resuming workouts and also for the quick initiation of the manual mode. The resistance is adjustable from the Up/Down arrow keys, and there are also keys for quick resistance adjustment for the 4,8,12 and 16 difficulty settings. Also, each program category has a separate key.
The built-in Bluetooth connectivity helps the user to sync the data in the console with his smartphone. This exercise data can be (synced) to the LifeSpan fitness app, where the user can track his goals and even share his data with other users as well.
Best of all, the LifeSpan App is entirely free – no hidden fees or annual charges. The user can sync this exercise data to any app of their choice. However, the app needs to be supported by google fit or apple health.
The R5i stationary exercise cycle includes a wide selection of easy-to-navigate exercise programs designed specifically to help you meet your health and fitness goals. These programs are10 Weight Loss, 14 Sports Training, and 10 Active Living.
Also included are two types of heart rate training programs; Interval Heart Rate and Constant Heart Rate. And if you want a program that doesn’t come standard, you can set up your custom program with one of the two Customer User Program options.
Whether you are looking to lose weight, enhance your cardio fitness level, or are merely looking to add some activity, the R5i fits your needs.
R5i Assembly and Maintenance
The LifeSpan R3i recumbent exercise bike is relatively easy to put together. Its drive and resistance elements come already assembled and attached to the mainframe.
Thus, for assembly, you will only have to connect the base tubes, the seat with its backrest, the console mast, the console, and the pedals. This shouldn’t take more than one hour. The manual provides all the instructions necessary for the assembly and the tools required for it (are included).
Maintenance doesn’t require much. You need to keep the bike clean, and periodically conduct an inspection for loose bolts and parts.
Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 70L x 27.5W x 44.5H inches (178L x 70W x 113H cm)
- Assembled weight: 146 lbs (66.2 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 18 lbs (8.1 kg)
- Supported weight: 400 lbs (181.4 kg)
- Seat: Adjustable
- Backrest: Adjustable
- Pedals: With adjustable straps
- Resistance: Eddy current magnetic, 16 levels
- Console: 34 preset programs, 4 Heart Rate Training Programs, and 2 Custom User Programs
- Amenities: Tablet holder
Residential: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Labor 2 years
Commercial: Frame 5 years / Parts 2 years / Labor 1 year
- Commercial grade construction;
- Great user capacity (400 lbs);
- Aesthetic design;
- Large, comfortable seat, with a generous layer of foam padding;
- Vented backrest;
- Micro-adjustable seat and backrest;
- EKG sensors integrated into the armrests;
- Telemetrically enabled to use with an HR chest strap;
- Automatic, eddy current resistance, with 16 available settings;
- Very smooth, almost silent drive;
- A large, multi-color LCD with LED backlight which improves its readability;
- The intelli-key function which simplifies the console operation;
- 34 preset programs, two custom user profiles, 4 HR programs;
- Bluetooth enabled;
- Tablet holder included;
- Little maintenance required;
- Consistent warranty plan.
- No bottle holder;
- No cooling fan;
- Doesn’t have a sound system;
- A tablet placed on the media holder will cover the console display and the program buttons.
LifeSpan R5i Summary
The LifeSpan R5i is a commercial grade recumbent bike, featuring an automatic eddy current resistance system, with 16 difficulty levels. It offers 40 workout options, and the possibility to transfer your workout data into your free LifeSpan Club account via USB. It has an extremely sturdy construction, being able to support riders up to 400 lbs. Furthermore, it also excels in comfort factors featuring an adjustable, padded seat and a reclining backrest.
It’s a fitness machine for users of all levels, great for recovery training, light cardio, but also high-intensity cardio, interval training, stamina development, and weight loss. You can burn up to 5-600 calories per hour on this machine, depending on the programs or resistance levels you use. And finally, it may not be one of the most affordable trainers. But considering its exceptional sturdiness and its features, I can safely say that it offers excellent value for the price.
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